Frozen snacks recalled due to E.coli contamination, illnesses reported in Michigan

(WXYZ) - Rich Products Corporation is recalling roughly 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and other snacks that may be contaminated with E.coli. 

Some of the products are sold in grocery stores across Michigan. The recalled products were produced between November 12, 2012 and November 19, 2012 and then distributed nationwide. 

There has been at least one reported E.coli case in Michigan, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Twenty-four cases of people falling ill in 15 states have been reported. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the following items subject to recall: 

 7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322376909 with a best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014.
 

• 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322356437 with a best by date of May 15 or May 16, 2014.
 

• 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356352 with a best by date of May 14, 2014.
 

• 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef & onions in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356345 with a best by date of May 13, 2014.

In addition, the following products, which fall under FDA jurisdiction, are also being recalled. FSIS is issuing this news release to make the public aware that these products are also considered potentially adulterated and should be properly discarded or destroyed. 
                                                                                           
• 22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322374431 with a best by date of May 19, 2014.

 

• 7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322376916 with a best by date of May 19, 2014.
 

• 22-oz. bags of Market Day Mozzarella Bites, UPC code 041322804358 with a best by date of May 12, 2014.

Each product package above contains the establishment number "EST. 27232" or "P-27232" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Dwight Gram, Vice President, Corporate Communications for Rich Products Corporation released the following statement to 7 Action News Thursday night:

At Rich's, food safety and the safety of our consumers is of paramount importance. Since discovering that illnesses may be linked to our products, we have been working quickly and extensively with the Food Safety Inspection Service at USDA, as well as the Food and Drug Administration.  This includes the voluntary recall of product that we announced on Thursday, March 28.

We also are working as fast as possible to investigate and identify the possible source of contamination, including a possible link to common raw materials used in the manufacturing of these products.  It's important to note that each of our Farm Rich product packages contain cooking instructions on the back of the packaging that, if followed, will effectively destroy any E.Coli bacteria. 

We are in the process of notifying all of our distributors and retailers to direct them to remove and destroy the affected product.

Consumers who have purchased these Farm Rich products and have any questions should contact Farm Rich Consumer Relations at 1-888-220-5955 8 am to 8 pm EST Monday through Friday, or visit our website at farmrich.com.

Michigan Kroger stores have also been impacted by the Farm Rich recall. Kroger released the following statement on Friday afternoon: 

 

"All Kroger customers who purchased the recalled product using their Kroger Plus Card will receive a phone call and a message on the bottom of future receipts stating the recalled product was purchased," said Dale Hollandsworth, Customer Communications Manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. "We have pulled the product from our store shelves, and customers who purchased the product can expect a full refund for the recalled product."

The Kroger Co. encourages all of its customers to always use proper handling, storage and cooking practices to protect against food-borne illness. According to the USDA, bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get on hands, cutting boards, knives and countertops. Frequent cleaning can keep that from happening.

A full product list of recalled items and affected areas is available on our website www.kroger.com/recall and is organized by name and UPC code. 

 

 

For more information on the recall, go here:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp

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